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October 16, 2017
Agronomy Hall may be the only building on campus with a boot scraper at most entrances – as many faculty, staff and students are doing field work. In a recent Facebook post, the agronomy department gave a shout out to their “awesome custodial crew!”
October 16, 2017
Tom Lubberstedt, agronomy, has been awarded a $1 million grant from USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture. The goal of the project is to increase the productivity of organic field and sweet corn production within organic crop rotations, and develop a certificate program in organic plant...
October 12, 2017
Kan Wang was presented with the professorship at a medallion ceremony Oct. 6 by Wendy Wintersteen, endowed dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Wang has directed Iowa State’s Plant Transformation Facility since it was created in 1995. It was established as one of the first...
September 18, 2017
ISU was ranked the third best college for agricultural sciences in a recent posting by Niche, a website that provides readers with information on choosing schools, from K-12 up through college. The Best Colleges for Agricultural Sciences ranking is based on key statistics and student reviews using...
September 18, 2017
Nick Serao, James Koltes and James Reecy, animal science, have been involved in developing the vision and agenda for the Livestock HTP and Big Data conference, scheduled for Nov. 13-14 in Beltsville, Md. The program is billed as groundbreaking in nature for animal science, with the specific purpose...
September 18, 2017
Matt Helmers and Basil Nikolau received the Dean Lee R. Kolmer Award for Excellence in Applied Research at the CALS convocation on Sept. 12. Helmers, agricultural and biosystems engineering, holds the Dean’s Professorship in CALS, is leader of the nitrate team for the Iowa Nutrient Reduction...
September 17, 2017
Obituary of Peter A. Peterson
August 29, 2017
Ames, Iowa – Iowa State University researchers have received a grant to further develop innovative technology that allows them to scour the genome of zebrafish for genes that might lead to advances in human health. The researchers will use the latest gene editing techniques to create precise...
August 28, 2017
Leonor Leandro, Larry Halverson and Gwyn Beattie, plant pathology and microbiology, and Matt Liebman, agronomy, received a three-year grant from USDA-NIFA’S Agriculture and Food Research Initiative on “Unraveling the Mechanisms Underlying Beneficial Impacts of Diversified Cropping Systems on Pest...
August 21, 2017
Thomas Baum and Gary Munkvold, plant pathology and microbiology, were named Fellows at the 2017 American Phytopathological Society Annual Meeting, held Aug. 5-9 in San Antonio. Baum, distinguished professor and department chair, was recognized for his scholarly contributions to molecular nematology...
August 18, 2017
AMES, Iowa – Farmers often go to great lengths to keep viruses and aphids out of their fields, but Iowa State University scientists are imagining a future in which these harmful agents could be engineered to help crops. It’s a wild and highly speculative idea, the researchers admit. But the...
August 02, 2017
Researchers at the Boyce Thompson Institute (BTI), the University of Minnesota, the University of California, Davis, and Iowa State University have received a four-year $10.3 million award to engineer insect-vectored viruses to express genes in maize that can help in combatting disease, drought,...
July 14, 2017
AMES, Iowa – Dry weather forces plants to save energy by reducing their growth rate, but it’s not as if a plant can consult a rain gauge or weather report. So how do they know when to ease up on growth? Yanhai Yin, a professor of genetics, development and cell biology and a Plant Sciences...
July 12, 2017
AMES, IA – Iowa State University researchers for the first time have mapped the various molecular components that govern how environmentally stressed plants interrupt their normal growth pathways by tapping into an important energy recycling function. The research, published today in the...
July 12, 2017
This summer, in cornfields in Iowa and Nebraska, about a thousand small point-and-shoot digital cameras will be enclosed in waterproof cases, mounted on poles and attached to solar-powered battery chargers. They will take pictures every ten minutes as plants grow; all part of a plan to create...
July 11, 2017
  AMES, Iowa – Recently published research from Iowa State University biomedical scientists details new methods for studying a parasitic nematode that sickens millions worldwide, a development that could lead to improved therapies.  Richard Martin, a Distinguished Professor of...
July 11, 2017
Ask people in the research business if they have a wish list, and many will answer in the affirmative.  “There are always different things you want to see done,” says Jim Reecy, an animal scientist and director of the Office of Biotechnology at Iowa State University.  Much of Reecy’s work...
July 11, 2017
When you drive over Gateway Bridge from Iowa to Illinois you’ll reach the Thomson Causeway Recreation Area, an island campground in the middle of the Mississippi River surrounded by marshland. Newcomers to the island, located right across the river from Clinton, might be surprised by the slow 10...
July 11, 2017
AMES, Iowa –They buzz. They bite. And they can transmit serious illnesses in the most severe cases. Deer ticks, pictured here, can transmit Lyme disease and Powasson virus, though Powasson has never been confirmed in Iowa. An ISU entomologist recommends the removal of ticks with tweezers if...
July 11, 2017
Ames, Iowa — John Nason has been named the chair of the Department of Ecology, Evolution and Organismal Biology (EEOB) at Iowa State University.
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